Government of New Brunswick

The composition of the Human Rights Commission is twofold: the Commission members, which consists of the Chairperson and members who are appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council; and the Commission officers responsible for the administration and day-to-day operation of the Commission.

The Commission officers are responsible for outreach and education, as well as for the receipt, investigation and mediation of complaints of discrimination. It also prepares reports on complaints for presentation at Commission meetings, which are held several times per year.  The Commission’s senior manager also acts as the Secretary to the Commission during meetings.

The Commission itself does not conduct hearings into discrimination complaints, but determines, with the recommendation of the staff, if a complaint should be dismissed or should be referred for a hearing before the Labour and Employment Board, which is an independent tribunal.

Members of the Human Rights Commission are appointed through an open merit-based competitive process. Vacancies are announced on this website and on the Agencies, Boards and Commissions website.



Nathalie Chiasson, Chairperson


Nathalie Chiasson is from Shippagan and has been a lawyer in private practice since 1991. She is a member of the Law Society of New Brunswick, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association (APTLA). She runs her owns a law firm in general practice since 1999 and practices mainly in insurance law, civil litigation, and medical malpractice. She was also president of the Review Tribunal for the Canada Pension Plan/ Old Age Security Act,  for the county of Gloucester and other area in Canada  from 2001 to 2007.  She also sat on the administration council of the New Brunswick Law Society, representing the county of Gloucester from 2007 to 2010.

Within the framework of her duties and her volunteer activities, Mrs. Chiasson participated in many committees in her community. She was president of a Consultation Table Against Family and Domestic Violence in the Acadian Peninsula for many years, represented the northern part of the province and was a member of the executive council of the Professional Shellfish Growers Association of New Brunswick; was president and vice-president of the Parents School Support Committee of the schools l’Envolée and École Marie-Esther, respectively; vice-president of the Shippagan Chamber of Commerce.  Mrs. Chiasson was also member of the Working Group Task Force mandated to review the definition of “minor injury” in the regulation of the New Brunswick Insurance Act, as well as a member of the Working Group Task Force mandated to review the government policies regarding the translation in French of the Court of Queen’s Bench’s decisions in NB. Bio up-to-date as of November 25, 2015.


Byron Bushey


Byron Bushey is a resident of Miramichi, NB and has resided there most of his life with the exception of his university years followed by four years in Perth Andover where he first became employed by the department of social services in 1974. Mr. Bushey is a registered member of the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers. He received two degrees from St Thomas University and Certification in Reality Therapy and Choice Theory from Dr. William Glasser. He owns and operates Miramichi Family Resource where he provides employee/family assistant services.

He recently retired from his employment with Eel Ground First Nation where he served the community as the Director of their Child & Family service program for thirty years. Mr. Bushey has been a Commissioner of Oaths for the province of New Brunswick since 1987. He served on the New Brunswick Police Commission for approximately three years. He was also past President of the New Castle Senior and Low Cost Housing Committee serving as a member for approximately thirty years.

In 2010 Mr. Bushey chaired a First Nation National Child Welfare conference which saw over three hundred and fifty participants attending and enjoying a very successful gathering. Mr Bushey has been active in youth programming serving as President of the Newcastle Minor Hockey Association and Coordinator of the St Mary young scouting program and a member of the Newcastle Minor Baseball Association.

Mr. Bushey is a past chairman of the Board of Management of the Rising Sun Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centre and a past member of the Miramichi Suicide Prevention Committee. He served as Chairman of the local Child at Risk Team and was a past member of the Miramichi Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Mr. Bushey participated in tri partite meetings with the Provincial, Federal and First Nations governments representing Eel Ground First Nation Child & Family Services. Mr. Bushey participated on several family and youth engagement committees and was a liaison representative with a residential facility for challenged youth. Mr. Bushey is presently a member of a Drug Awareness Strategy committee and an active participant on local Crisis Response Team. Bio up-to-date as of September 10, 2016.



George R. Richmond


George R. Richmond, Q.C, is a member of the Bar of New Brunswick and Ontario. He is an acknowledged expert in Labour Law, with experience mainly in Labour and Employment Law, Administrative Law, Human Rights, Legal Research and Writing, Advocacy and Boards and Committees. He has 40 years experience before the Labour and Employment Board and various tribunals, commissions and courts at all levels.

Mr. Richmond has co-authored a publication on Canadian Labour Law and delivered lectures on Labour Law and Human Rights in the Workplace. He has advised employers and other parties on human rights legal and policy issues and been the Chief Negotiator of a number of collective agreements.

Mr. Richmond has also been involved with numerous boards and committees. He has volunteered for the Canadian Red Cross and the Fredericton Community Kitchen, has coached various sports and is a life member of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Bio up-to-date as of March 31, 2015.


Dorothy Thériault


Dorothy Thériault is from Memramcook. She received her high school diploma from the École Régionale de Memramcook and a diploma of bilingual commercial studies from the Collège Notre-Dame d’Acadie in 1969. She also took post-secondary courses in business administration and human resources at the Université de Moncton.

After a 28-year career at Assumption Life, during which she held several positions, Ms. Thériault decided to become the manager of the Memramcook community access centre for 11 years before she retired in 2011. While performing her duties as manager, she acted as the president of the New Brunswick Community Access Centre Network.

Dorothy has always been involved in her community as a member of boards of directors and of service organizations, such as the Memramcook Branch of Les Dames d’Acadie, of which she is the president, the finance committee of the Parish of St. Thomas, the local Tree of Hope campaign, and the 150th anniversary committee of the Collège St-Joseph. She has also volunteered for the Games of La Francophonie, the Jeux de l’Acadie, the Memramcook Golf Club, and the Memramcook Minor Hockey Association.

She has received various honours in recognition of her contribution to her community, including a Certificate of Merit from the Government of Canada in 1988, a certificate from the Games of La Francophonie in 1999, and the Gemma Pelletier Caron award from the Fédération des Dames d’Acadie in 2003. Bio up-to-date as of April 15, 2016.


Audrey Lampert


Audrey Lampert is a native Monctonian retired from a long and rewarding career in teaching and school administration. Involved at many different levels of the education system, she has taught in both Ontario and New Brunswick.  Her teaching career has included children at every grade from Kindergarten to Grade 12, as well as adults, for several years, at New Brunswick Community College - Moncton.  As well, she has worked as a high school vice-principal, middle school vice-principal, and as a K to 8 principal.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University, her Education credentials from the Ontario College of Education in Toronto, and a Master degree in Education Administration from l’Université de Moncton.

For ten years, before returning to teach in the public system, Ms Lampert served as an elected member of the Board of School Trustees for District 2 (Moncton). It was during this period that human rights issues seemed to shape her raison d’être and she became an outspoken advocate for those whose rights had been denied.  In 1996, when local school boards were abolished, she was appointed to the first interim Provincial Board of Education for the Province of New Brunswick.

Ms Lampert is a recipient of a Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center award for her years of devotion to combatting discrimination, intolerance and racism.  She was inducted into the Order of New Brunswick (2012), and into the Order of Moncton (2015).   From 2007 to 2010 she served as a commissioner on the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission and from 2009 to 2015, as a member of the Horizon Health Research Ethics Board.

Married to Judge Irwin Lampert, they have three adult children: son Jordan, daughter Mindy, married to Derek Applebaum, son Leigh, married to Darcie Richler, and five grandchildren, Max, Sam, Zev, Annie & Marlie all residing in Toronto. Bio up-to-date as of April 15, 2016.


Kimberley Douglass


Kimberley Douglass is a retired teacher who began her career teaching Mathematics and Science in Ghana, West Africa and then taught for 32 years in rural and urban schools in the Maritimes. She has a B.Sc. from Dalhousie University and a B.Ed. from the University of New Brunswick. 

During her teaching career she served on the Employer- Employee Relations Committee, New Brunswick Teachers Federation; the Nominating Committee; New Brunswick Teachers Association;  as Grievance Officer, Alternate Director, and President of the NBTA Branch 1826 Council; as President of the High School Council and the Mathematics Council, NBTA; as Liaison Chair, Branch 1809, NBTA; and chaired School Liaison and Working Conditions Committees, Leo Hayes High School and the Working Conditions Committee, Stanley High School.   She worked with teacher Interns and a variety of student activities and clubs.   She also volunteered with CUSO New Brunswick, Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), Fredericton’s Liberty Lane, and the Stanley Community Access Committee.             

After retirement Kimberley spent two years working at Grace House, the Women’s Emergency Shelter in Fredericton, one of them as Assistant Manager.  She was appointed to the District Education Council, Anglophone School District West, where she serves as vice-chair.   She volunteers with the Fredericton Sexual Assault Center, Ten Thousand Villages Fredericton and the Stanley Pastoral Charge, United Church of Canada.   Bio up-to-date as of April 15, 2016.


Pierrette hails from Saint-François-de-Madawaska, a small community in northwestern New Brunswick. She completed high school at Cité des Jeunes A.M. Sormany in Edmundston in 1977. She subsequently took training as a Human Services Counsellor through a partnership between CCNB-Campbellton and CCNB-Edmundston. Pierrette later enrolled part-time at the Edmundston Campus of the Université de Moncton for various programs, including gerontology, religion, international trade, and personnel and organizational management.

In 1987, Pierrette was hired as a worker at the Atelier des Copains Co-op Ltée in Saint-François. In 1991, she began a recycling project and became the coordinator. This project, entitled "Concerned Planet," became a large recycling plant serving Haut Madawaska and Edmundston, in partnership with the Northwest Regional Service Commission.

In July 2005, Pierrette was hired by the New Brunswick Association for Community Living (NBACL), where she was the Community Development Officer for the Grand Falls/Edmundston and Haut Madawaska area until the end of April 2010. Beginning on May 1, 2010 she took up the position of Social Inclusion Facilitator for the same area. In July 2015, she became the Coordinator of the Social Inclusion program. She works in the Edmundston office, but serves the greater Edmundston, Grand Falls, and Haut Madawaska areas, and still proudly holds this position today.

Pierrette has always felt the need to make a difference in people’s lives in all fields. She was elected a municipal councillor from 1992 to 2001 (three terms). She chose to return as a municipal councillor on May 17, 2016, and was named Deputy Mayor of the Saint-François municipal council in June 2016.

Pierrette began her involvement in volunteering as a teenager, and continues to give her time to various committees, at the local, regional, and provincial levels. She is president of the Réseau d’Inclusion Communautaire du Nord-Ouest, chair of the committee to help students with learning disabilities, she was Trustee of the Mgr Plourde library for many years, President of the Village des Sources Resmavic for two terms, a member of the Comité du Mieux-Être du Nord-Ouest (northwest wellness committee) and its CHIC committee (Collectif hôte de l’inclusion communautaire), and member of the board of directors of the Association d’intégration communautaire Edmundston Madawaska (AICEM).

Pierrette and her husband Adrien have three biological daughters and are also a foster family for the Department of Social Development in Edmundston and Grand Falls. They have hosted, loved, educated, and defended the rights of 49 children and teenagers over the past 38 years and continue to do so. Bio up-to-date as of April 27, 2017


Murray Driscoll was born in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland and moved to New Brunswick as a young boy with his family.  He was educated in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and is a graduate of the Université de Moncton.

After fifteen years as an educator, supervising and teaching music with the Rothesay School Board, Mr. Driscoll accepted a position as music teacher at Kennebecasis Valley High School, where he taught until his retirement. During this same period he also taught math as a second subject.  Mr. Driscoll also held the position as Organist and Choir Master of St. John and St. Stephen Presbyterian Church in Saint John for 42 years. Mr. Driscoll has served and continues to serve on many committees, commissions and boards. From 1980-90 he was Chair of the Grievance committee for School District 19, past president of the New Brunswick Music Educators Association, past President of the St. Andrews Society, past President of the Newfoundland Killick Club. Past Chair of the Region 2 Nursing Homes Association (Administrators and Boards) and past Chair of Recycle New Brunswick.  While President of the St. Andrews Society, he was active not only in Nursing Home Care, but also in securing affordable housing. His concept, with the St. Andrews Society support, resulted in the opening of eighteen affordable low-income units at St. Andrews House on University Avenue, Saint John.

In 2001 he was elected Deputy Mayor of Quispamsis. His concept and commitment to senior care resulted in the opening of the 75-bed Kingsway Care Centre Nursing Home.  After two terms as Deputy Mayor, he was elected for two terms as Mayor of Quispamsis from 2008-16. While Mayor, he served on the Rothesay Police Commission, the Kennebecasis Library Board, Enterprise Saint John, as well as Chair of the Regional Service Commission.  In 2005, Mr. Driscoll was inducted into the New Brunswick Gospel Music Hall of Fame. In 2012, he was also the recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Mr. Driscoll's interests extend beyond his chosen career and his hobbies include fully restoring a 1974 and 1975 MGB sports car and converting a diesel Volkswagen to burn used vegetable oil. He is a certified tour guide and a licensed amateur radio (ham) operator.

Mr. Driscoll resides in Quispamsis with his wife Nita and has two grown children, Claire and Steven and two grandchildren, Jay and Ava.  Bio up-to-date as of September 14, 2017.


After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in Physical Education in Edmundston and a Masters Degree in Education with a specialization in Guidance and Counselling at l’Université de Moncton, Mr. Pelletier became the Director of Staffing and Training and Director of Human Resources at the Edmundston Regional Hospital from 1976 to 1992. Following the redesign of the provincial health system, he held the position of Assistant Executive Director – Human Resources at the Region 4 Hospital Corporation until 2002. Mr. Pelletier also served as a resource person for the Board of Directors of Regional Health Authority 4 from 1992 to 2008 and previously, for the Edmundston Regional Hospital from 1987 to

Subsequently, he became Vice-President Human Resources for the Regional Health Authority 4, from 2002 to 2008. Since then, Mr. Pelletier held various positions within the health system: he has been the Interim Executive Director at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont Regional Hospital in Moncton, the Interim Executive Director at the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst and the Interim Director of Human Resources for the Vitalité Health Network in Edmundston. Mr. Pelletier also chaired the New Brunswick Health Council from 2011 to 2017.

Through the years, Mr. Pelletier was also a member of different provincial negotiating and work relations committees, and was the lead negotiator for a collective agreement for the Town of St-Leonard, New Brunswick.  He currently is a Member of the C.U.P.E. Pension Board of Trustees for hospital support staff and has been since 1999. Sports hold a place of choice in Mr. Pelletier’s spare time; he has coached several minor hockey teams and senior hockey teams, and has coached a senior softball team for eight years.  Bio up-to-date as of May 3, 2018